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The Corpse Vanishes

Published 1942

A newspaper reporter begins to investigate after a series of brides die suddenly during their wedding. Her quest leads her to the secret of eternal youth and almost gets her killed.

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 1:03:08
Producer Sam Katzman and Jack Dietz, Banner Productions
Production Company Monogram Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual mono, B&W


Associate Producer: Barney A. Sarecky
Original Story by Sam Robins and Gerald Schnitzer
Screenplay by Harvey Gates
Production Manager: Ed. W. Rote
Assistant Director: Arthur Hammond
Photography: Art Reed
Film Editor: Robert Golden
Art Director: David Milton
Sound Engineer: Glen Glenn
Musical Director: Lange & Porter (A.S.C.A.P.)

Bela Lugosi as Dr. Lorenz
Luana Walters as Patricia Hunter
Tris Coffin as Dr. Foster
Elizabeth Russell as Countess Lorenz
Minerva Urecal as Fagah
Angelo as Toby
Joan Barclay as Alice Wentworth
Kenneth Harlan as Keenan
Gwen Kenyon as Peggy
Vince Barnett as Sandy
Frank Moran as Angel
George Eldridge as Mike

Produced by Sam Katzman and Jack Dietz, Banner Productions

Directed by Wallace Fox


Reviewer: ghostmadl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2013
Subject: Loved this movie
It was a sweet little movie. I loved that for the time, the woman went out and got her story- even though she leaned on her future hubby a little. :) It wasn't badly played and it was a pretty good print.
Reviewer: Ivar Sand - - March 13, 2011
Subject: Not too bad logic
I don’t think the logic of the story was too bad. The police probably considered the theft of a body not a big crime and therefore did not give the case a high priority, while the press saw the sensation of it. That is why the press was at the church and the police weren’t, I think.
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 20, 2010
Subject: Bela as a mad scientist again
I like this film very much. Bela Lugosi in his "one and only" role again, and he is perfect. I am not quite sure that he can play only this one, I found him convincing in "The Phantom Ship" too, which is different (I must admit, I am the only one! Look for yourself).

Of course, there are questionable points in the script, as Spuzz points out, but please read his review AFTER you watch the movie, NOT BEFORE!!! Too many SPOILERS!
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2007
Subject: Sam Katzman
This is a Sam Katzman production alright. Even though he co-produced and someone else directed, it has Katzman's finger prints all over it.
He did better with the Bowery Boys in pure comedies. This one looks like it could be a comedy very easily, and probably should have been. There are too few characters to handle Katzman's chaotic approach and too few comic reliefs. But it was probably a good Saturday matinee.
Reviewer: moxey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 7, 2005
Subject: good stuff
lugosi is one of those kind of actors that could not play any other role than a creepy fiend if a gun were put to his head.
not a bad movie at all.
there are two scenes in this film that are classic lugosi.where he shows his utter cruel personality that is just a joy to watch.
well worth the time
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 7, 2005
Subject: Not a Hitchcock movie.
Rather nasty piece of business featuring Bela Lugosi as a mad scientist (with yes, a Renfield-like assistant and his mother, a dwarf and yes, the scientistÂs wife (sounds like a Greenaway movie actually lol). Lugosi gives his wife injections from dead brides (why them? Who knows?) so that his wife can leep looking beautiful. He gets the brides after doing a pretty clever trick with some orchids that makes the brides collapse at the altar. After another bride bites the dust, a newspaper reporter just HAPPENS to be around for the scoop, and decides to snoop around for a story. She gets all sorts of clues about the orchids and Lugosi. Heaven knows where the police were.
Soon sheÂs off to BelaÂs lair, when she meets a sort of strange looking doctor who may or may not be eeeevil. It all cumulates in a totally farfetched plan to have a fake wedding to capture the mad scientist, but it seems that the scientist has x-ray vision, as he foils her plans, Oh no! What will happen?
I actually liked this movie as a bit of a guilty pleasure. Lugosi is great here, his hangers-on are all very very strange, the story is actually quite nasty in some places which makes it all most watchable. A fun little view.
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